Transforming Faces and our longstanding partners at Sri Ramachandra University (SRU) have been working for more than ten years in India to provide quality cleft care. Based out of the city of Chennai, our partners have been able to reach out and provide cleft care services to children in the remote regions of Tamil Nadu in India, build capacity of local organizations working in health care and increase awareness about cleft lip and palate in the community.

Our partners have also been working to build networks and share cleft care best practices throughout India, and on a global scale.  Based on this strong work in the region,  we’re excited to share that Chennai was selected as the host city for the 13th International Congress of Cleft Lip and Palate and Related Craniofacial Anomalies in February 2017.

The International Cleft Congress takes place every five years and brings together cleft care professionals from all over the world. The three-day long conference provides a platform to exchange information, and facilitate dialogue to solve problems and identify opportunities in cleft care.

Our partners at SRU have been working tirelessly to make arrangements for Cleft 2017. Many members of our team are serving as part of the Organizing Committee in capacities like President (Dr. Jyotsna Murthy) and Organizing Secretary (Prof. Roopa Nagarajan).

As part of this Congress, Transforming Faces is proud to support the participation of cleft professionals from our partner countries who will have the opportunity to share their research, network and help strengthen their professional expertise. We look forward to sharing the stories and results from this Congress with you over the coming months.

Learn more about our work in India.